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Know the signs: Sexual Exploitation

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Includes:

  • A child who is a victim of sexual exploitation
  • Pornography
  • Stripping
  • Erotic/nude massage
  • Escort services
  • Phone sex lines
  • Private parties
  • Gang-based prostitution
  • Intrafamilial pimping (a relative who is sexually exploiting a child)
  • "Survival Sex"
  • Forms of Internet-based exploitation

Some Characteristics of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in Alaska

  • Not limited to any socio-economic class of kids
  • Average age of entry is 14 to 17 years old
  • Youth from different cultures are seen as "versatile" or exotic and vulnerable to traffickers
  • Youth recruited by other youth or family/friends
  • Very hard to quantify and come up with numbers
  • Promises or lures of better life (are used to manipulate the victim)
  • Distance from family and other support structures (children in these situations are targeted)
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